Happy Birthday to Me! I’m 1.

It’s my birthday!

Well, not my birthday, but it is skinnyshae’s birthday. My blog is 1-year-old today!

I feel like skinnyshae and I have grown a lot in the past year. Cooking, (not) dieting, hating exercise, loving exercise, hating exercise again… it’s been a real whirlwind, folks.

In the beginning, there was darkness…

I wanted to learn to like my body. After some time together, learning how to live with each other, I thought I might like-like my body, and then, possibly, move on to a more mature, less high school type relationship.

My body is currently going through some ance breakouts skin issues that are not helping our relationship. Of course, it’s all my fault. The Acne Treatment therapy classes seem to be helping. We’re working through our issues one tube of Clearasil at a time.

Proactiv Face MaskBaby steps.

Then, through the darkness, I saw light.

Before I could enter said light, I had to make a few changes… For example, while my personality is chaotic and slightly crazy and pretty weird, the blog needed direction.

Nerf Machine GunPlus, I cannot walk around with a rapid fire dart gun. (Unfortunately.)

In attempt to be less odd, I wrote a few weight-loss show review blogs. MTV and A&E told the stories better than I could, though.

Finding my own blogger style did not change the fact that I was still mad at my fat.

After struggling with Insanity – both the mental and physical kinds – and facing some anxiety issues, I finally reached my turning point.

I found a regimen that worked with my schedule and a great workout buddy.

My tag line: “Diet, fitness, beauty, and how much it all sucks” became less depressing.

One day, I decided I would be a cook.

(Sometimes) I am a good cook.

Occasionally, I mess up recipes. I do that often. A lot, actually. But cooking real food still brings me so much joy.

Baking can totally go die…

One day, I fell in love with running.

No. I am not lying. I love it. I love every second of it.

So much so that I bought new shoes.

Here are my retirees…

Now that I have a big girl job, I put more effort into making myself look presentable. Makeup, clothing, hair… It’s this whole new world.

And you get to be a part of it, my friends.

Lucky ducks.

Because of skinnyshae, my friends (IRL and non-IRL) and my stellar husband, my attitude toward my body has changed significantly.

I cook real food. I love running. I lost 10 pounds. I feel pretty in glasses (bright red ones) – accomplishments in my book.

Now, instead of wallowing in self-pity about how ugly I thought I was, I pay attention to the parts of me and my life that are awesome, such as my awesomeness.

skinnyshae ready to workout to Insanity DVDNo humility needed. I am super cool.

Through the workout FAILs and FTWs, through the stress eating and not dieting, through the eyebrow-plucking and world-ending journey that is skinnyshae…

Well, let’s just hope next year is awesome, too.

(Nudgenudgewinkwink: I think it will be.)

How should I celebrate this most amazing day? Cake. It is my birthday, after all. Birthday… giveaway? Dana, can I steal an idea from you… again?

A bad week for fitness

What a week!

Apologies for the lack in content, folks, but I have been one busy kid.

Remember when I mentioned my big girl job? Well, I “started” on Monday. (By “start,” I mean “I’m just going in to learn stuff” because I don’t actually work full-time until December.)

And, now, you are asking yourselves: “How will she work while teaching and finishing her master’s degree?”

Good question. I made a decision not to teach next semester. I made another decision not to write a thesis. I made yet another decision not to apply for doctoral programs next fall.

Why?

I have been a student, in school, for the majority of my time on earth. All of it, actually.

It is time to grow up. It is time to leave academe.

No worries, though, I will be employed! And I will finish my master’s degree next semester sans the teaching gig.

And, now, back to your regularly scheduled Shae Day!

And it is confession time…

I missed Shocker Fitness Monday, Wednesday and Friday (today), and I ate straight crap food all week like pizza, donuts and French fries.

Problem. Serious problem.

For the past two weeks, and especially this past week since my mentor/teacher/friend passed away, I have felt fatigued, sick and downright depressed.

Since I am so tired… I do not want to wake up early and workout. After a long day of working, teaching and school, I do not want to leave home and workout.

Since I am so busy… I have not eaten on a regular schedule. Breakfast at 10 a.m., lunch at 3 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. Sleep(?) between 11 p.m.-1 a.m. What kind of schedule is that?!

In between all the eating, not sleeping and working I do, at some point, I have to study… It’s not going well.

I have three papers to write, loads of data to analyze, a few tests to study for and a presentation to prepare for a “conference” (It’s at WSU) – all of which must be done by Thursday, Dec. 8.

Three weeks.

I have three weeks.

I have never feared nor anticipated the end of a semester as much as I do now. PLEASE END. NO PLEASE I NEED ONE  MORE WEEK.

Ridiculous.

If you could read my mind: “Should I stay up all night and sleep early tomorrow evening? Should I work on my papers tomorrow evening? How much sleep do I really need to function tomorrow? Is three hours enough? I have to get that paper done. Holy crap! It’s almost Thanksgiving! I have time off next week to get work done. When is that paper due? I think it’s due after Thanksgiving. Wow. I really need to workout. Have I gained weight? No. But I’m all squishy. Is that a new stretch mark? Man, I want some fries.”

And this is why my husband thinks I’m crazy.

Because I am.

After work, I went for a 10-minute run around my neighborhood after doing this 7-minute warmup. I notice I run faster when I’m alone at night. I also did a 10-minute strength circuit when I got home.

IN MY NEW SHOES! Review to come soon.

I hope that, until the semester ends, I will be able to work out for 20 minutes in the morning and 20-30 minutes in the evening.

I also hope I can stuff less food in my face.

Wish me luck! (Or stitch my mouth shut. Husband will appreciate less talking.)

Announcement!
skinnyshae turns 1-year-old on November 23! How should we celebrate my birthday? ;)

Kansas quakes

Well, I felt my first ever earthquake.

Considering I have already survived two tornadoes, this should be no amazing feat. However, I was a baby during one of those tornadoes, and a small child during the second.

I saw it, though. Oh, did I ever see that bugger.

The point is that earthquakes FREAK ME OUT. I mean… the house could fall down!

Tornadoes freak me out, too, but tornadoes lose a lot of ‘oomph’ tearing through trees and buildings and stuff. Earthquakes really don’t lose any ‘oomph’ runnin’ along the earth’s crust willy nilly.

Earthquakes are like the bloody Energizer bunny: They just keep going and going and…

I am mildly alarmed and terrified that Husband and I will be buried under a pile of old house. Fears aside, here is the story of how I survived an earthquake.

Ivan felt the quake first. Poor puppy! The newest change in his environment startled him so much that he jumped up and barked at nothing.

I felt it next. Sitting on the couch, bloggin’ away (not this blog), and suddenly, I’m moving. First, I thought it was the wind. I’ve seen old houses move because of Kansas wind – especially tornado wind. But the shaking was coming from the bottom of the house, not the top.

Shockingly, Husband did not feel it right away. He just stared at us like we were crazies.

When he finally did feel the quake (and I waited for him to validate my insanity), we both jumped up and ran to the doorway. Of course, our house is like 100 years old, and it would never stand up to a quake if it really got us.

We went outside, looked around, looked at our house, and nothing happened. We came back inside.

After watching KAKE News for four minutes, we figured out that the 5.2-magnitude quake happened in Oklahoma, near Sparks, at 10(ish) p.m. The quake was felt from Dallas to Kansas City.

So… that’s the story of how I survived an earthquake.

It’s terribly boring.

Luckily, I have all my Tweeps to keep me occupied while I do not sleep all night because I’m FREAKED OUT.

My Tweeps find the earthquake hilarious. Yeah, well, maybe they never survived a tornado.

Natural disasters, anyone?

Facebook page + Twitter

Hey!

I made a few changes to my blog. What do you think?

I cannot get away from the current theme I am using. I love it so much, nothing new seems as good, so I just can’t bring myself to change it.

Sorries!

I mostly added new stuff: Facebook, popular posts, a picture of my gorgeous mug. And some conceited pie on the side!

Check me out on Twitter!

Like me on Facebook! I have this page now. It’s a whole new world. It’s like discovering something I like about Facebook.

Well, I should probably be nice to Facebook now… :)

New stuff: Yea? Ney? That’s not how you spell that word. Nay! I mean… Yea!

Healthy Grocery Haul!

Back from the store!

I used a total of three coupons for a savings of less than $10, so I failed on the coupon front. However, I hit a whole lot of store deals.

My Total: approximately $135

Woohoo!

You might think that $135 is a lot for groceries, especially if I didn’t extreme coupon my way into 54 bottles of mustard. Well, I don’t need any mustard this week, and I did something I don’t usually do…

I bought organic food.

I know! I said millions of times before that organic food is too expensive. And it is! I know!

However, for some reason, Dillon’s had many organic products on sale, and the ordinary produce was more expensive. Odd? Yes.

Here’s my haul…

Simply Orange orange juice for my Cajun Rice Soup recipe, which is why the bottle is so small. I only need 3/4 cup.

Fresh Dark Sweet Cherries! I love cherries! More so when they’re not dried. :)

Husband has been bothering me about buying nuts so I did. I bought a $9 bag of walnuts. Expensive! (In order to purchase the walnuts, I put back the fancy cheese. Sacrifices.)

The small plastic bags behind the orange juice are filled with pearl barley for the Beef and Barley Stew I will make and flax seeds. Yep! I purchased whole flax seeds. I will turn them into meal in the food processor to make them easier to eat.

Why not just buy them that way? Well, flax seed meal costs $4.99. Whole ORGANIC flax seeds cost $2.94, and the extra labor to grind them only costs me my time.

Why did I buy flax seeds anyway? Husband brought a waffle iron home yesterday. I want to make healthy waffles! I’m on the hunt for recipes!

Green chiles, off-brand Rotel, Hunts Marinara sauce, Idaho Dutch Yellow Potatoes and golden hominy for a number of recipes. Simple ingredients, and every single one of them was on sale!

I purchased Organic 100% Whole Wheat Bread instead of the usual Earthgrains 7-Grain Bread because it was cheaper. (Yes. Wonder Bread would have been even cheaper, but it’s not really bread.)

New Purchase: Smart Balance Creamy Peanut Butter. I usually buy off-brand or store-brand but felt like splurging! (Plus I had $1 off coupon.) Smart Balance doesn’t have partially hydrogenated anything in it.

Skim milk! I drink skim because the chance of it making me ill is very slim compared to 2% or Vitamin D. Husband used to drink Vitamin D, but he said the extra health benefits weren’t worth the extra fat content and switched to skim.

Onions, apples, scallions and peppers were not bought organic. The ordinary versions were much cheaper. However, I did buy organic celery hearts and organic baby carrots because they were cheaper than the others. That never happens!

Purchase that Excites Me: Sweet-2-Eat Nectarines! I love nectarines! :)

I argued with myself for a good minute about the eggs. I wanted to buy Organic Cage Free eggs, about which I’ve heard wonderful things. However, Dillon’s eggs were on sale for $0.99 a dozen. I got two dozen eggs… not organic.

I also bought fresh-baked French rolls for some Italian Sandwiches. I know, right?

In addition, I purchased frozen spinach, tilapia, chicken, chicken broth (not organic), granola bars (off-brand) and Wheat Chex.

Finally, I got a GREAT deal on notebook paper: 280 pieces of paper for $0.60. In a notebook! Not loose leaf! Now, I have plenty of paper with which to practice GRE math problems.

Today’s grocery haul should feed Husband and I for the next two weeks. We will have to make trips to the store to buy another gallon of milk and , but that’s normal.

I have the following meal ideas in mind…

  • Italian Sandwiches with turkey or pastrami
  • Oven BBQ Chicken
  • Herb-Pepper Rubbed Beef
  • Skillet Pork Chops Florentine (Tonight!)
  • Creamy Dijon Chicken with Rice
  • Creamy Egg Scrambled with Scallions and Tomatoes (and waffles…)
  • Cajun Rice Soup
  • Crock Pot Posole
  • Fluffy Dilled Carrots and Potatoes (with tilapia or salmon)
  • Beef and Barley Stew

These recipes might sound fancy, but most are or look extremely easy to make. Making them taste good with my cooking skills… Who knows?

Well, I suppose if $135 of groceries gets Husband and I all of that food, it can’t be too bad. I did a good job and bought healthy food!

Weren’t apples, nuts and crunchy veggies on my Skinny Shopping List? :)

What’s on your shopping list? Currently, new jeans.
How do you get the best deals?
Argue with myself about eggs.

Healthy Grocery Haul!

Back from the store!

I used a total of three coupons for a savings of less than $10, so I failed on the coupon front. However, I hit a whole lot of store deals.

My Total: approximately $135

Woohoo!

You might think that $135 is a lot for groceries, especially if I didn’t extreme coupon my way into 54 bottles of mustard. Well, I don’t need any mustard this week, and I did something I don’t usually do…

I bought organic food.

I know! I said millions of times before that organic food is too expensive. And it is! I know!

However, for some reason, Dillon’s had many organic products on sale, and the ordinary produce was more expensive. Odd? Yes.

Here’s my haul…

Simply Orange orange juice for my Cajun Rice Soup recipe, which is why the bottle is so small. I only need 3/4 cup.

Fresh Dark Sweet Cherries! I love cherries! More so when they’re not dried. :)

Husband has been bothering me about buying nuts so I did. I bought a $9 bag of walnuts. Expensive! (In order to purchase the walnuts, I put back the fancy cheese. Sacrifices.)

The small plastic bags behind the orange juice are filled with pearl barley for the Beef and Barley Stew I will make and flax seeds. Yep! I purchased whole flax seeds. I will turn them into meal in the food processor to make them easier to eat.

Why not just buy them that way? Well, flax seed meal costs $4.99. Whole ORGANIC flax seeds cost $2.94, and the extra labor to grind them only costs me my time.

Why did I buy flax seeds anyway? Husband brought a waffle iron home yesterday. I want to make healthy waffles! I’m on the hunt for recipes!

Green chiles, off-brand Rotel, Hunts Marinara sauce, Idaho Dutch Yellow Potatoes and golden hominy for a number of recipes. Simple ingredients, and every single one of them was on sale!

I purchased Organic 100% Whole Wheat Bread instead of the usual Earthgrains 7-Grain Bread because it was cheaper. (Yes. Wonder Bread would have been even cheaper, but it’s not really bread.)

New Purchase: Smart Balance Creamy Peanut Butter. I usually buy off-brand or store-brand but felt like splurging! (Plus I had $1 off coupon.) Smart Balance doesn’t have partially hydrogenated anything in it.

Skim milk! I drink skim because the chance of it making me ill is very slim compared to 2% or Vitamin D. Husband used to drink Vitamin D, but he said the extra health benefits weren’t worth the extra fat content and switched to skim.

Onions, apples, scallions and peppers were not bought organic. The ordinary versions were much cheaper. However, I did buy organic celery hearts and organic baby carrots because they were cheaper than the others. That never happens!

Purchase that Excites Me: Sweet-2-Eat Nectarines! I love nectarines! :)

I argued with myself for a good minute about the eggs. I wanted to buy Organic Cage Free eggs, about which I’ve heard wonderful things. However, Dillon’s eggs were on sale for $0.99 a dozen. I got two dozen eggs… not organic.

I also bought fresh-baked French rolls for some Italian Sandwiches. I know, right?

In addition, I purchased frozen spinach, tilapia, chicken, chicken broth (not organic), granola bars (off-brand) and Wheat Chex.

Finally, I got a GREAT deal on notebook paper: 280 pieces of paper for $0.60. In a notebook! Not loose leaf! Now, I have plenty of paper with which to practice GRE math problems.

Today’s grocery haul should feed Husband and I for the next two weeks. We will have to make trips to the store to buy another gallon of milk and , but that’s normal.

I have the following meal ideas in mind…

  • Italian Sandwiches with turkey or pastrami
  • Oven BBQ Chicken
  • Herb-Pepper Rubbed Beef
  • Skillet Pork Chops Florentine (Tonight!)
  • Creamy Dijon Chicken with Rice
  • Creamy Egg Scrambled with Scallions and Tomatoes (and waffles…)
  • Cajun Rice Soup
  • Crock Pot Posole
  • Fluffy Dilled Carrots and Potatoes (with tilapia or salmon)
  • Beef and Barley Stew

These recipes might sound fancy, but most are or look extremely easy to make. Making them taste good with my cooking skills… Who knows?

Well, I suppose if $135 of groceries gets Husband and I all of that food, it can’t be too bad. I did a good job and bought healthy food!

Weren’t apples, nuts and crunchy veggies on my Skinny Shopping List? :)

What’s on your shopping list? Currently, new jeans.
How do you get the best deals?
Argue with myself about eggs.

Skinny shopping list

Today is grocery day! Another chance to save money, use coupons and still eat healthfully.

Let me tell you… Not easy, but I’ve got to do it, and I usually don’t do the best job. I just keep trying.

I found a skinny shopping list – the groceries of skinny people – to “follow” on my trip today. I wonder how well I’ll do…

Skinny Shopping List
Apples… are full of fiber and uber delicious. Similar to the sugar boost of a large candy bar, apples can boost your energy while filling you up with enough fiber to keep your full for far longer than a Snickers. Pears have more fiber, but “they’re ripe for half an hour!” (Eddie Izzard). Both fruits are rich in pectin, which lowers blood sugar.

I pick up five or six green apples every shopping trip. Better or worse than red or pink? I’m not sure. Green apples are sweetly tart!

Berries… are high in fiber and packed with antioxidants. Naturally sweet and filling, berries are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Plus, Women’s Health Magazine once advised that you should stuff your face with them.

Berries are expensive and do not come in portion sizes that I desire. For instance, a package of blueberries QUICKLY rots from the bottom up. If I do not eat ALL of the berries (huge package) the same day I bring them home, I cannot eat any of the berries.

Crunchy veggies… such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, are low in calories, high in fiber and full of potassium and calcium. Green leafy veggies are loaded with calcium – some even more than milk.

Broccoli and cauliflower are pretty much “banned” from the house. Husband hates broccoli, and I hate cauliflower. I’m willing to eat as much cabbage as I possible can, though. LOVE cabbage. Green cabbage on the list!

Mushrooms… blech! Low in calories but unfortunately disgusting. No mushrooms in my house!

Nuts… awesome! Protein, fiber and healthy fat found in almonds, walnuts and peanuts! LOVE! However, I cannot keep nuts in the house for very long. Husband covers them in peanut butter for double the yum and devours them in one setting. All of them.

Have you ever fed a behemoth? It’s hard. (Behemoth is one of my GRE words!)

Oatmeal… We have oatmeal, I just need a recipe for oatmeal that doesn’t taste like cardboard.

Beans… are not glamorous, of course, but they are super nutritious. Dana @mylittlecelebration puts them in brownies! My next mission in baking? Putting protein and fiber filled beans in something sweet and sneak feeding it to my family or husband.

Beans on the list!

Quinoa… is too expensive for my wallet, but it is a protein-filled whole grain of goodness! No quinoa for us this week.

Fish… is on the menu at least once a week at our house. Easy to flavor and quick to thaw and cook. Check out my baked tilapia! It’s so yummy.

Our frozen store is running low. Tilapia is needed!

Lowfat yogurt… is filled with all the good things you’re supposed to get from dairy products. Buy plain or Greek yogurt and sweeten naturally with berries or nuts.

Husband and I tried Greek yogurt… twice… and we really wanted to like it, but it’s just so gross. We have Yoplait Lite! in the fridge. No yogurt this trip.

Eggs… Oh. My. Goodness. I love eggs. Eggs are good with everything, just like apples or crackers. Spicy eggs, sweet eggs, savory eggs, you name it, I’ll eat it. And we’ve only got three left! :( Eggs on the list.

Olive oil… should be used to cook everything. It’s just that awesome. But we’re stocked so no olive oil for me this week.

What’s the first step?

Finding recipes/food that we’ll eat for the next two weeks, and then I will gather my coupons, make my list and go hunting for the best and healthiest deals.

Wish me luck! Update when I get back from the store.